Rosemary Ganley The Peterborough Examiner July 10, 2019
Sometimes, in small places, remarkable things happen, kind of organically.
Such is the story of the soon-to-open, for its 25th annual weekend, Lakefield Literary Festival, which began in 1995 in that richly endowed community and has flourished since then, thanks to wise decisions, smart people and deep volunteer commitment.
I once taught English literature at Lakefield College School and got to befriend the iconic Canadian novelist Margaret Laurence, who was Manitoba-born but a Lakefield resident by choice. I remember her house on Regent Street, lined wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling with books from Britain, America and the world. Literature from Canada covered another wall. She was inspiring, and Brenda Neill, a teacher, and Ron Ward, a Baptist minister, were inspired.
Thus began a modest summer gathering for Canadian readers and writers, to be celebrated around the time of Margaret Laurence's birthday. She had died in 1987.